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Obituary Notice – Colonel Mark Wm. Downie

from The Florida Mirror, November 15, 1879 Colonel Mark Wm. Downie died at the Mansion House, in this city, on Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock, aged 43 years and 8 months, a brave humble Christian. He was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, and in early youth became a citizen of Minnesota; was a whole-souled American of rare energy and character, quick wit and comprehension, he did nothing by halves. “Sweet as summer” to his numerous friends North and South. No man will be more widely and deeply mourned than Mark Downie. The November 29th edition of The Florida Times indicates that Col. Downie was born on 15 March 1836 at Chatham in New Brunswick province. He served during the Civil War with the Stillwater Guards, a regiment of the First Minnesota. He attended the sick in Cedar Key during the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1871 as well as supplying monies on behalf of the citizens of that city....

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Obituary Notice – Captain Gamaliel Fisher

from The Florida Mirror, November 15, 1879 This community is deprived of a worthy and highly respected citizen by the sudden death of Capt. Gamaliel Fisher, who was lost at sea, October 29th, on a voyage from New Bedford, Mass., to the Cape Verde Islands. The vessel which he commanded, having had favorable weather, was four days out from New Bedford, when suddenly the most violent cyclone of the season struck the ship, disabled the mate who was steering at the time, and swept into the sea fifteen persons of the crew and passengers who are believed to have been instantly drowned. The survivors, five in number, after clinging to the rigging for several days, were rescued, half alive, by an Austrian ship and brought into New York. From his early youth, and for nearly thirty years, Captain Fisher had been a seaman, having made many long and perilous voyages in safety. For the last twelve years he was an esteemed resident of this city; the probity of his character and the cordiality of his manners gained him the respect and confidence of all who knew him. Captain Fisher was for many years known as a decided and strenuous advocate of temperance; he was the enemy of all profanity and vulgarity; and as a citizen and friend, he was one who could be counted upon to uphold every good and righteous cause. As we write these few words of tribute to the memory of an esteemed friend and neighbor, the...

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Braddock & Christopher Families

Contributed by William Braddock John Braddock was born on 23 May 1731 in South Carolina. On 16 July 1769, he married Lucia Ann Cook, the daughter of James Cook. They were the parents of five known children: John David (1776-1841) married Martha Christopher; William (1777-1855) married Charlotte Christopher; Lucia (b. 1778) married William Berrie; Mary Ann (b. 1780) married John Edwards; and Hester (b. 1785) married John B. Christopher. John Braddock served as a soldier in Georgia during the Revolutionary War and received a grant of land in Glynn County, Georgia, for his service. He was commissioned a captain in the Glynn County Militia in 1793. He died on 16 June 1797 in Glynn County. John David Braddock was born in 1776 and died on 19 October 1841. On 9 May 1804, he married Martha Christopher, the daughter of Spicer Christopher, in Nassau County. Martha was born in 1786 and died on 6 December 1861. John David and Martha Braddock were the parents of six known children: John (1805-1863) married Sarah Higginbotham; Spicer C. (b. 23 Apr 1807) married Anna Sever Sapp (b. 2 Dec 1822); Charlotee (b. 1812) never married; Alexander (b. 1814) married Elizabeth; William M. (b. 1819) married Jane Christopher; and, Susannah (b. 1822) never married. John David Braddock was baptized as a Catholic before his marriage as all Protestant citizens of Spanish Florida did in order to remain in the territory. He managed a plantation for his father-in-law until he obtained his own 640 acres at...

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Muster Roll of Company B, 1st Regiment, Fernandina, 1902-1907

Contributed by Lynn James 2 April 1902 – 30 September 1902 Mullen, Louis, CaptHunter, Edgar J., 1st LieutJeffreys, R. A., 1st SgtNagel, Peter, Qmstr SgtWilliams, Carl H., SgtMizell, J. Jr., SgtKelly, Dan A., SgtCarleton, Robert P., Sgt Hall, Henry W., CplMcNain, C. Brandon, CplFolsom, Frank B., CplMcDonell, Eugene P., CplJohnson, J. P., CplBrooks, Council M., CplLivingston, J. Felix, MusicianWolff, Edwin L., Artificer Privates: Byrd, Chas.Baker, James M.Boen, John R.Carrio, Mannie J.Dougherty, LevanGoldstein, LouisGoldstein, HarryHall, J. B. GordonKelly, FrankManucy, Robt S.Livingston, Woodward C.Rofen, J. ArthurRutishauser, Walter J. Starbuck, Harry F.Sharp, Chas B.Smith, A. W.Silva, Geo.Wilds, W. NaylorWilliams, James A.Wilson, W. B.Wingate, WilliamMills, F. E.Kennedy, E. P.Posetty, Elmer H.Williams, Frank J. September 30, 1902 – March 31, 1903 [Additions] Williams, Frank J., 2nd Lieut.Blake, ThosCarrol, EdDriver, James R.Kennedy, E. P. [Deletions] Sharp, Chas B. Muster Roll as of December 10, 1906 Calkins, James E., CaptHall, T. C., 2d LieutHall, Henry W., 1st SgtByrd, Charles J., Qm SgtWilson, Webster, SgtCrooks, Jacob A., SgtCarroll, Edward M., Sgt Manahan, William, CplCarrio, Manly, CplBraddock, B. F., CplWilliams, James A., CplAcosta, John E. Jr., ArtificerLivingston, J. Felix, MusicianRutishauser, Emil J., Musician Privates: Bunnell, Charles F.Dougherty, ArthurErquett, WilliamGooge, JerryGooge, John A.Hopper, A. C.Knudson, HansKlara, John J.Latham, Frank G.Livingston, WoodwardLivingston, RobertManucy, HarryMotes, DorseyOxford, William O’Niel, CharlesOliver, Paul H.Osteen, J. FrankRoyall, Wm S.Seibert, Jr. Wm H.Smith, GusSkipper, Charles H.Tyson, LeonardUnderwood, A. JeffVaughan, James G.Waas, John M.Waas, Harry A.Warren, Henry F. Roster of February 1907 – Additions Alverson, David L.Ballantine, Robt D.Boyt, Robert H.Comten, EugeneHill, FrederickMelton, James H. Surrency, J. FrankSmith,...

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Biography of Daniel S. Austin

from Lewis County Historical Society’s Shakin & Diggin, Vol. 15 #4 Daniel S. Austin was born in England on 25 March 1842. He enlisted in the Union Army as a private on 7 August 1862 in Cleveland, Ohio, with Company A, 7th U.S. Infantry, 2nd Division. He participated in battles at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Suffering from measles, he was sent to Fort Schuyler, New York, on March 1864. After a ten-day furlough in the spring of 1864, he rejoined his company. He was promoted to corporal in December 1864 and was discharged on 7 August 1865 at Fort Clinch, Florida. Mr. Austin went to Lewis County, Kentucky, following his discharge and was married on 7 August 1866 to Alice Haselton, the daughter of Frederick and Nancy Smith Haselton. Daniel Austin was the son of Thomas and Hannah French Austin. Nine children were born to Daniel and Alice Austin: Lois L., Darwin F., Minnie A., Charles P., Esther V., George F., Hannah P., Hiley M., and Lorenzo C. After moving to Lewis County, Kentucky, Daniel Austin was engaged in farming. He made an application for a Civil War pension, but it is unknown if it were approved....

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Burials at Bosque Bello Cemetery

The following persons are buried at Bosque Bello Cemetery according to the city cemetery records. However, no marker, either temporary or permanent, was found when the Cemetery Committee made its inventory of Bosque Bello in 1997. Anyone wishing further information should contact the City of Fernandina Beach. Name Burial Date Andrews, Ellis October 21, 1995 Baker, Frances Lucille November 21, 1991 Battison, Helen M. September 6, 1991 Brennan, Suzanne Robins March 30, 1993 Brown, Bertha November 2, 1996 Brown, Jacob November 30, 1993 Bunch, Walter Phillip October 1, 1996 Butler, Anthony Bernard July 24, 1993 Coes, Jason September 17, 1992 Collins, Pricilla A. March 3, 1995 Dorman, Mary Corinne October 1, 1996 Drummer, Joanne Marie November 25, 1994 Everhart, Betty Ann December 7, 1992 Fiala, Patrick October 4, 1994 Foster, James Franklin February 26, 1994 Gardner, Willie T. November 14, 1992 Goulet, Etoile C. October 6, 1992 Graham, Frances December 9, 1995 Haddock, Mary Elizabeth January 2, 1995 Harker, Vassie Mae February 16, 1993 Harris, Rachel Hunt October 1, 1996 Harris, David Vernell January 22, 1992 Hendricks, Howard S. September 17, 1993 Henry, Gloria Abbie August 26, 1995 Hoggard, Mary E. April 26, 1993 Holmes, Kalem T. February 13, 1993 Johnson, Jimmie Lee July 27, 1991 Joyner, Pauline June 14, 1991 King, Vernall May 17, 1995 King, Nolan D. November 19, 1991 Kitchens, Clarence H. October 20, 1994 Lane, Willie Mae February 27, 1993 Lee, Jessie Mae November 18, 1995 MacDonald, Raymond H. March 7, 1996 MacDonnell, Logan July 21,...

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Boundaries of Election Districts – 1882

from The Florida Mirror, October 7, 1882 District Place of Registration Name of Registering Officer 1 Clerk’s Office J. A. Edwards 2 Amelia W. F. Scott 3 O’Neill’s Residence Isidore S. O’Neill 4 School House #12 N. Priest 5 Hart’s Road W. W. Farmer 6 School House #14 John Owens 7 King’s Ferry T. D. Hawkins 8 Bouglone L. P. Tracy 9 Callahan Leonard Dozier, Jr. 10 Higginbotham’s L. W. Higginbotham 11 Brandy Branch Noah A. Hicks District No. 1 – Includes all that portion of Amelia Island lying north of township line number two, commencing at the Atlantic Ocean and running west on township line number two, until the Transit Railroad is reached, thence along the line of the railroad to the drawbridge over Amelia Island. District No. 2 – To include that portion of Amelia Island lying south of the southern boundary line of District No. 1. District No. 3 – To commence at Amelia river, at the mouth of Clark’s or O’Neill’s creek; thence up Clark’s or O’Neill’s creek to the Transit Railroad; thence westerly by the railroad to Lofton creek; thence down Nassau river to Amelia river; thence down Lofton creek to Nassau river; thence north by Amelia river to place of beginning. District No. 4 – To commence where the railroad crosses Lofton creek; thence up Lofton creek to McQueen’s swamp; thence up McQueen’s swamp to the Waterman Old Field; thence following the public wagon road to Port Henry on the St. Marys river to...

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Henry Timanus Family

Henry Timanus was the son of Charles Timanus and Jane Lester. He was born on 4 January 1815 and died on 13 January 1872. He married Carolina Rosella Glover Marsh about 1847, probably in South Carolina. She was the daughter of John Marsh and Sarah Ann Glover . Carolina was born on 22 November 1830 and died 20 December 1893 at Gainesville, Florida. Both are buried in Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Henry Timanus moved from Baltimore and in 1844 was living in Newton County, Georgia. On 3 May 1847, he bought land belonging to John Marsh at a sheriff’s sale in Edgefield District, South Carolina. On 7 January 1853, he received property on his wife’s behalf from the estate of her mother, Sarah S. Marsh. About 1857, the Timanus family moved to Fernandina where Henry made his home until his death. During the year 1857, Henry Timanus made a number of 99-year leases in the new town of Fernandina from the Florida Railroad Company. Additionally, he purchased property for his own account. During the Civil War, Timanus was appointed as a captain in the Confederate Army on 19 May 1862. He served as Assistant Commissary of Subsistence at Lake City, Florida. Records also show that he served as a major in the Quartermaster Corps under General Finegan. He was surrendered by Brigadier General E. McCook and paroled at Tallahassee, Florida, on 10 May 1865. The war left him with weakened finances and health. As a result, he...

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Jury for the Fall Term – October 1881

from The Florida Mirror, October 15, 1881 The following is a list of the jury drawn for the fall term of the Circuit Court for this county, which convenes at Lyceum Hall on Tuesday next: Grand Jurors: John H. BraddockArthur SteilNathan J. FourakerN. A. HicksRichard AustinD. W. GibsonStephen D. KirklandGeorge W. HodgesEdward Colson B. G. DyalC. A. NoyesSimon LightseyJ. H. DawsonR. H. JonesF. C. SuhrerClem. BowenW. W. CushenHenry E. Dotterer Petit Jurors: John BootheJ. N. GreenEmil O. FriendJ. H. BradleyJoseph AndersonAbner DavisJackson MizellMonroe DavisJ. T. Gunn Thomas E. BlissThomas KyddW. W. McCulleyJ. C. BufordHenry NettlesJ. C. SnowballB. F. DavisJ. H. StewartWilliam Mizell...

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Mortuary Reports – March-May 1884

June 7, 1884, from The Florida Mirror “The mortality list we publish covers three months, and embraces not only the city of Fernandina, but Amelia Island, a population of over 3000 persons. It will be noted that but 2 white adults are included, one of an advanced age. That a large proportion of the deaths are children, and that the death rate for the whole population does not exceed a ratio of 4 per cent per annum, a statement that speaks well for the health of Fernandina.” Mortuary Report of Amelia Island for Months of March, April and May. Furnished by R. M. Henderson, undertaker. March 12 – Matilda S. McConnell, b. Old Town, Fla., d. of carcinoma at Old Town, age 55 yrs 8 mos March 13 – Frank Williams (col), b. Amelia Island, d. of consumption at City [Fernandina], age abt 38 yrs March 17 – Kitty Johnson (col.), d. of dropsy at City, age abt 40 yrs March 25 – Samuel King (col), b. Centerville, Ga., d. of paralysis at City, age abt 66 yrs March 25 – Twins, Mary L. and Emma Martha Keats (col.), b. Bloomfield, N.J., d. of marasmus at City, age 3 mos March 25 – Fredric Bradley (col), b. Fernandina, d. of trismus nascentium at City, age 8 days April 5 – Mary E. Williams (col), b. Old Town, Fla., d. at Old Town, age 4 days April 13 – Patience Cooper (col), b. South Carolina, d. of dropsy at City, age...

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